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S.J. Perelman (1904–1979)

Oscar-winning screenwriter S. J. Perelman was one of the great American humorists, a master at short fiction involving word play and satire who influenced countless American humorists, including Woody Allen. He was born Simeon Joseph Perleman (though known as Sidney or Sydney to family and friends) on February 1, 1904 in Brooklyn, New York, and ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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 1963 Elizabeth Taylor in London (TV Movie documentary) (writer)
 1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Acres and Pains (1962) ... (story)
 1957-1959 Omnibus (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Malice in Wonderland (1959) ... (writer)
- The Big Wheel - The Burlesque Entertainment of Yesterday (1957) ... (writer - segment "The Big Wheel")
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... (story)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Changing Ways of Love (1957) ... (play)
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days (screenplay)
 1955 One Touch of Venus (TV Movie) (book)
 1948 One Touch of Venus (book)
 1942 Larceny, Inc. (play)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing (screen play)
 1939 Ambush (screenplay)
 1938 Sweethearts (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1936 Florida Special (screenplay)
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1934 Paris Interlude (from a play by)
 1933 Sitting Pretty (writer)
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail (screen play)
 1932 Horse Feathers (by)
 1931 Monkey Business (by)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: All Good Americans. Comedy. Written by Laura Perelman and S.J. Perelman. Scenic Design by Mordecai Gorelik. Directed by Arthur Sircom. Henry Miller's Theatre: 5 Dec 1933- Jan 1934 (closing date unknown/40 performances). Cast: Marie Adels (as "Lucy Starkweather"), Harry C. Anderson (as "Bar Man"), Charles Angelo (as "A French ... See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Vincente Minnelli]: There is a saying in Hollywood that when Vincente Minnelli is working on a picture, you had better hide the women and children in the cellar and stay in bed with your hat on. See more »


Attended school in Rhode Island. See more »

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